2008/12/18

WorthPoint Adds Three Experts to Its International Team of Worthologists


ATLANTA, Dec 11, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- WorthPoint Corporation ( www.worthpoint.com) today announced that it has appointed three experts to its international team of Worthologists.

WorthPoint Worthologists are men and women with expertise and a passion for art, antiques and collectibles. Their backgrounds include auctioneering, appraising, publishing, teaching and consulting. What all Worthologists have in common is their ability to evaluate items to determine their history, significance and worth. They all adhere to a strict WorthPoint ethical code of conduct.

The three new Worthologists are:
Bradley Downs, of Woodstock, Georgia. Bradley is an expert in vintage modern design: affordable art deco, sculpture, pottery, mid-century modern furniture, lighting and accessories. With a background in commercial art and design from the Art Institute of Atlanta, Bradley is able to relate both to the technical and the aesthetic inherent in Post War Design, otherwise known as Mid Century Modern.

As a collector and dealer for the past 15 years, Bradley was instrumental in discovering and providing unique Mid Century Modern pieces to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and to well-known buyers such as Oprah Winfrey, Lenny Kravitz and Leigh Keno.

David Morrison Pike, of Nara, Japan. David is an expert in Japanese ceramics. He also creates his own line of Japanese ceramics. David has been apprenticed to Naoki Kawabuchi, a well known Japanese artist in the Nanban style of Japanese ceramics. David fires his own line of ceramics in his own kiln using the traditional approach to creating his own works of art at his home in Japan.
While conversant in all Japanese periods, David is particularly knowledgeable about the Momoyama period of Japanese ceramics, a period considered the Japanese Renaissance dating from 1467 to 1603. His knowledge of Japanese art also extends to the traditional Japanese screens, tea boxes, kimonos, lacquer-ware and ceremonial swords.

Elkan Wijnberg, of Antwerp, Belgium. Elkan is an expert in vintage jewelry. Elkan attended Vakschool Schoonhoven in the Netherlands and graduated in 1981 as a master goldsmith. He was especially skilled in designing jewelry, but soon gained worldwide recognition for repairing and restoring antique and vintage jewelry. A pioneer in Internet antique jewelry sales since 1999, Elkan has built a worldwide following for his specialist collection and intimate knowledge of Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Retro jewelry.

Elkan is the founder of Adin, a vintage jewelry dealership in Antwerp, diamond-trading capital of the world. He is an associate of the Belgian Chamber of Experts to the Courts of Justice and the American Society of Jewelry Historians. He supplied jewelry for the movie "The DaVinci Code" and to high profile shows sponsored by the High Council of Diamonds in Antwerp.

About WorthPoint
Atlanta-based WorthPoint Corp. is an Internet-based data-and-media company that offers a vast database of sales records on art, antiques and collectibles. Founded in 2007, WorthPoint has quickly become the world's largest social network for researching the worth of antiques and collectibles. WorthPoint helps collectors understand the worth of their items and provides expert advice from its international team of Worthologists on how to preserve or sell antiques and collectibles. WorthPoint recently acquired Dublin, Ohio-based GoAntiques, the oldest antiques-and-collectibles site on the Web.

SOURCE WorthPoint Corporation




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